Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time gamer. Gaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of gaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Salute 2015 - A grand day out.

Well a long day was had yesterday - out of the house at 5.30am , and back home at 11pm - all the public transport - trains ,tube,and DLR all worked with no problems. I had pre bought a ticket and breezed straight in at 10.20am to a hall full of wargames inspiration.

I did not have any targets for purchases in particular and managed to resist lots of new shiny - I know you might think whats to point of going! However the main aim for the day was to meet up with various friends.



So just a small amount of loot. A hard copy of Simon Millers "To The Strongest" (Our very own Millsy has done a cracking job on the design work I must say) , a new Red paint set as my old one is about worn out, and another stock up of terrain extras , sandbags etc from Andy and Jon at Ainsty. Some rather nice Victorian heroes and adventurer types from Wargames Foundy to do a few specials for the Sudan. Having resisted too much new "off plan" shiny stuff I will order a few other things over the next week or two.


A good chat with Mark from Wargames Holiday Centre around a mid summer play test/ photo session for the Sudan , and confirm of the first game date being the of October.

The blogger meet up took place at 1pm and there was a decent number of us - in fact I must add some more to my blog roll to keep up! It was fun to share some face to face time with the guys n girls whose virtual space we share. Clint you chocolate fudge went down very well on the train home - thanks


What is the collective noun for a group of bloggers? A "gossip" perhaps...Ray was heard asking who has a blog prize giveaway next as he has not won one for a few weeks..

The standard of games overall looked wonderful , some real work had gone into them  - really too many to photograph and do justice to I thought - so i gave up.


I met Mrs D back in London for a bite to eat , and we had a pleasant hour in the bar at the Rennaissance St Pancras hotel prior to getting our train home.

Altogether a grand day out

26 comments:

  1. Dave, I for one was gutted in not saying "Hello" and "Thank you" to your excellent self at Salute. But sadly I never managed to work my way to your end of the bloggers line so didn't realise you were there. Next year I'll start at Ray's side instead :-) Glad you had a top day and a pleasant trip back with your other half. Certainly I thought it was the busiest Salute I've been to.

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    1. Sorry I missed you in the line up too. Next time may be

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  2. Good to see you again Dave. That's a nice little swag collection.

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    1. Indeed it was good to catch up.. Time for another Blog Con I feel .

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  3. A fine haul and nice to see you once again.

    I couldn't see your game up on WHC yet, but I'll keep an eye out.

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    1. Hi Phil.. Not yet , but I will let you know ...

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  4. Glad you had a great day out!

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  5. Thanks for the info regarding your journey times. Its helped me to get an idea of what I'd face should I make my way down next year.

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    1. Roy, without rail engineering works that were on yesterday it could have been an hour off each way.. .. It took 3 hours from York to London , rather than the usual 2. It is 30 mins from Kings Cross to Excel ..

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    2. Oh.. And I live an hour from York.. So if you are near main line station you could do it quicker

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    3. Thank you for the additional information.
      We'd be departing from Darlington train station, which I believe is a straight run down to London.

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    4. It's 2 and half hours from Darlo normally . Trouble with weekends is engineering work.. But at least this time they had timetabled it so I knew in advance..

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  6. So good to catch up again Dave and glad the journey home went to plan. See you in a couple of years!

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    1. Indeed... I shall try get along next year I think, hotel stay I think. the other show I need to get back to is EuroMilitaire.. But I think this year it clashes with my holidays !

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    2. Dave, when you manage to get to Euro, you'll find Michael and I attached to a couple of beers on the balcony about 2.30pm.

      Nice to meet you at last.

      Pip pip

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  7. It's always interesting to hear about this show, even though I don't get there myself very often.

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    1. It's a bit of a rarity for me too.. But sometimes it has to be done I feel

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  8. So many people I wanted to meet and was stood just a few feet from them. Maybe next year, ghastly though it is, we should wear badges identifying ourselves. There is a TMP format for such but maybe we need a WBQ one!

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    1. Indeed, my thought too...to next year!

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  9. Sounds like you had a great day. I'm amazed at the restraint you displayed on the purchasing front. Are you feeling OK mate?

    Thanks for your props on the To the Strongest! design work. I find it rather amusing that a load of people have seen the hard copy way before me!

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    1. I still have a chunk of Sudan to crack on with so must maintain focus.. Easier with new shiny..

      Yup that's a good one , are you getting a hard copy?

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  10. I can see this was a great day for you, with not too many new toys in your bag! Sadly, I lost the meeting. Next year, perhaps!

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  11. Sounds like a lovely day out!

    Thanks again for acting as my 'hobby mule' this year Dave!

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  12. Sounds like a lovely day out!

    Thanks again for acting as my 'hobby mule' this year Dave!

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Work in hand

The RULES!

No more than 3 things on the PAINTING table at once. Nothing new added until something is finished.

PREPARATION work is done when I don't fancy detail painting. Cleaning up, converting, undercoating etc.

PLANNING is expressions of interest or things that have inspired me to be created with no definite timescale as yet.


On the PAINTING TABLE
10mm ACW

On the PREPATION table.
10mm Mamelukes

In the PLANNING
Death in the Dark continent stuff